This is what my husband said after the events of this morning. First he discovered Cally, our oldest goat, underneath the hay elevator. This elevator had been laying on its side and somehow she ended up with it on top of her. This morning she was shivering, had a damaged eye, and couldn’t walk. Tom carried her into the feed shed where I have been trying to warm and feed her as well as placing antibiotic eye ointment over her injured eye.
Then I discovered one of our rabbits Beavis has what appears to be a skin infection on the side of his face. It was obscured until today when the hair came off. So I placed antibiotic ointment over this.
Then I notice Wink again. I was worrying about her yesterday because she was not eating and had a slightly hunched look. Today she looked more hunch-backed so with Tom’s help we caught her (she can still run!) and put her in the pen with the skinny old sheep where it is warmer, and there is some grain supplementation. I am hoping that is just that she got chilled since she was sheared last month and she is older than some of the other sheep (that were also sheared at the same time). She is expecting so I do not wish to have anything happen to her or her lambs.
Then I noticed our guard llama Fancy’s eyes seem to be goopy again. She has been prone to eye infections that seem to come and go. At this point we chose not to catch her and administer antibiotic eye ointment. This would be a tremendous struggle so I am hoping it will just settle down on its own again.
So once again I was feeling like things were in control just to find out that they are not. Such is farming.
ANIMAL INJURY/ILLNESS UPDATE: This afternoon Cally is standing, eating, peeing and pooping. She is still shivering so will remain in the feed shed with some heat for the night. Wink is nibbling at food and seems less hunched. No changes to Fancy or Beavis as yet.
HUMAN INJURY/ILLNESS UPDATE: This is a belated entry to my own injury/illness issues that I had blogged about in the past. People occasional ask how I am doing so I thought I would do an update. As far as my “severe degenerative disc disease” goes I am still having pretty bad back pain. It seems to be worse when I have been laying down or standing still. I am also continuing to have daily intermittent severe foot pain, usually when I am sitting or bending forward. Some specialists have diagnosed me with neuropathy based on signs of axonal injury (i.e. nerve death) on my conduction studies whereas others will feel it is a radiculopathy from my back problems. Apparently nothing much can be done about any of this which is why I have not been updating much since there is not much new to report. Just trying to live with it as best I can. Aging kind of sucks.